Fat Teen Show Goes To Oz
A location team has arrived in Darwin to search the Australian outback for a place to film a new UK television series in which obese teenagers will have to hunt for food if they want to eat.
Makers of Fat Teens Can't Hunt are holding talks with local Aboriginal groups interested in cooperating with the BBC Three show by teaching the teens how to trap, kill, gather and cook bush tucker.
Sara Ramsden - creative director of Cheetah Television, the factual arm of Big Brother production company Endemol - said: "We're in extensive conversations and negotiations with different groups in Australia.
"It's important that we're respectful of the local traditions and we find a good group of people to work with and they're interested in celebrating the food hunting and gathering skills."
A location is expected to be decided by the end of May.
Casting should be complete in June for the series featuring five boys and five girls aged 16-19 in six one-hour episodes.
It is based on an earlier series, Fat Men Can't Hunt, which sent a group of eight obese adults to live with the bushmen of Namibia's Kalahari Desert.
Ramsden said the show's teen participants would have the full consent of parents and guardians and a nutritionist would be on hand.
"We take our duty of care with the kids very, very seriously," she said.
"It's going to be hard for them.
"Some are going to be away from home for the first time, they're going to be hungry."
Filming will take place in August.Waveguide, 01/04/07.